ARCHIVED - Minister Ablonczy announces funding to protect communities targeted by hate crime in Alberta
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CALGARY – March 4, 2011 – The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs), on behalf of the Honourable Vic Toews, Canada's Minister of Public Safety, today announced over $38,000 in federal support for security infrastructure enhancements for three community organizations in Alberta including Akiva Academy and Chabad Alberta in Calgary, and the Edmonton City Centre Church Corporation in Edmonton. These organizations are receiving federal support from the Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Pilot (SIP) Program.
“This government is committed to building stronger, safer communities,” said Minister Ablonczy. “The unfortunate reality is that Canada is not immune from violent acts that target individuals or groups based on their race, culture, religion or identity. The funding announced today will help improve security so our citizens can continue to remain engaged in their communities without fear of harm.”
The Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Pilot (SIP) Program provides funding for security enhancements for not-for-profit community centres, provincially recognized educational institutions, and places of worship linked to a community with a demonstrated history of being victimized by hate-motivated crime. This announcement is part of the $99,000 in federal support for security infrastructure enhancements for eight community organizations in western Canada announced by Minister Toews in Winnipeg today.
Eligible costs include:
- security assessments (not to exceed 25% of total project costs);
- security equipment and hardware, such as alarm systems, closed-circuit television systems, digital video recorders, fences, gates, and lighting;
- minor construction costs related to the project, such as contractor fees, labour, equipment rental, installation fees; and
- training costs directly related to the new security infrastructure.
The SIP Program was created in 2007 and is a $3 million, three-year pilot program administered by Public Safety Canada. The SIP Program has approved funding to 121organizations across Canada. It was then twice re-extended by the government in order to provide groups with more time to apply. Public Safety Canada is currently considering options for the continuation of the program.
- The organizations receiving funding, see backgrounder
- The funding announcement for western Canada, see news release
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